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Can a CT scan detect pregnancy when having a CT scan for appendix? How early cam it detect a pregnancy ?

Can a CT scan detect pregnancy when having a CT scan for appendix? How early cam it detect a pregnancy ?

Shouldn't be used: Nearly all facilities will test for pregnancy with a blood test prior to performing a ct scan on a women of childbearing age due to potentially harmful radiation effects to a developing embryo or fetus. Whether they told you or not they probably checked at the time you were evaluated for appendicitis. It is rare to see a fetus on a ct scan because of this, but sometimes is seen in emergency scan. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Can a PET/CT scan detect early pregnancy? I believe I am about 5 weeks pregnant and am choosing to terminate, but I have a scan in the next few days.

Can a PET/CT scan detect early pregnancy? I believe I am about 5 weeks pregnant and am choosing to terminate, but I have a scan in the next few days.

PET scan & PG: If you are planning to terminate the pregnancy immediately especially by the medication approach, then doing a PET/CT scan should wait until that is completed if the test is being done for another diagnostic concern besides pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan detect early pregnancy?

Can an abdominal CT scan detect early pregnancy?

Possibly yes but: You don't want a ct scan if your think you are pregnant. Modern us exam is much safer for the fetus and is more sensitive. ...Read more

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With 8 negative pregnancy tests, can a CAT scan detect pregnancy at 11 weeks while someone is on the pill?

With 8 negative pregnancy tests, can a CAT scan detect pregnancy at 11 weeks while someone is on the pill?

Save your money!: The best test for determining if you are pregnant is a lab test to measure HCG levels in your blood. It is a quick and simple test that can be ordered at your doctor's office. CT/CAT scans are contraindicated/not indicated if someone is possibly pregnant due to the radiation exposure involved in the test. ...Read more

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When can I take a pregnancy test? My period is do March 1-2. I have to get a Cat scan this Friday, I afraid I'm pregnant.

When can I take a pregnancy test? My period is do March 1-2.  I have to get a Cat scan this Friday, I afraid I'm pregnant.

Blood HCG : If you can postpone the CT till the following Friday, you can take a urine pregnancy test within few days from missing your period. Otherwise you may try asking for HCG blood level measurement on Thursday ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the cat scan during pregnancy affects the child's health in the future?

Can you tell me how the cat scan during pregnancy affects the child's health in the future?

It depends: There is no increased radiation exposure to the fetus unless there is direct radiation to the pelvis, i.e. a pelvic CT. If you had a pelvic CT, then any theoretical cancer/teratogenic risk to the fetus is related to the stage of pregnancy and the radiation dose. ...Read more

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What would a CT scan detect on your feet?

What would a CT scan detect on your feet?

Break, mass, abscess: A ct scan is a series of x-rays, computer-interpreted to provide the appearance of slicing up the body part(s) imaged. It is good at looking at soft tissues and bones to see if there are fractures, swelling, fluid collections (like bruises or abscesses), or growths (like tumors). The feet can be studied to look for stress fractures or other causes of pain not visible on plain x-rays. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect anything if the patient didn't have the medicine first because she has an allergy?

Can a CT scan detect anything if the patient didn't have the medicine first because she has an allergy?

Yes: I assume you mean 'can a ct scan detect anything even if contrast was not given due to an allergy to the contrast?'. The answer depends on what you are looking for. Ct scans can find a certain problems with out the IV contrast (medicine), say for example sinus infections. But they cannot find a blood vessel tumor without contrast. ...Read more

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How well can a CT scan detect a hysterectomy?

How well can a CT scan detect a hysterectomy?

Obvious: A hysterectomy should be pretty obvious on ct scan. Things will be missing and there may be surgical clips. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Need tissue: It can detect a mass but the definitive diagnosis is done by looking at the tissue either taken by biopsy or surgery. ...Read more

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Can a ct scan detect liver failure ?

Can a ct scan detect liver failure ?

A CT scan can...: ...detect the physical manifestations that may be associated with end-stage liver disease, like ascites, portal hypertension, enlarged spleen, nodular liver contour, etc. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect an ovarian cyst?

Can a CT scan detect an ovarian cyst?

yes: Yes, if it is large enough. Ct will usually detect ovarian cysts 10mm or larger, but an ultrasound is a better way to evaluate the ovaries and does not utilize radiation. ...Read more

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How easily can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

How easily can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Detects mass: Imaging, either by ultrasound, ct or MRI detects a mass in the ovary and cts are good at that, but not the only modality. Current imaging techniques are good at suggesting ovarian cancer. Actual diagnosis of the nature of the mass requires examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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It happens that a CT scan detect testicular cancer.?

It happens that a CT scan detect testicular cancer.?

Sort of: The ct scan can detect the enlarged lymph nodes that can occur when testicular tumors spread. It is uncommon that ct shows the testicular tumor itself. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect a brain tumer? Can u have normal scan but have one?

Can a CT scan detect a brain tumer? Can u have normal scan but have one?

Yes: It can detect a brain tumor, but will be better able to detect a tumor if it performed with IV contrast. Mri with contrast can detect very small tumors that may not be seen with a ct scan. However, it is very uncommon for a 28 yr old to have a brain tumor- not impossible- just uncommon. ...Read more

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What can detect things better inside the body a CT scan or MRI or ultrasound?, can a CT scan detect things better then ultrasound?

All different: They all have their strengths and weaknesses. Depends on your symptoms and what your doc is looking for. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect gastrointestinal cancer?

Can a CT scan detect gastrointestinal cancer?

Yes: Absolutely. Also an MRI with diffusion weighted imaging. Look it up. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect recurrence of a femoral hernia?

Yes: But not always. A ct scan is not a dynamic study and will not always show hernia defects unless there is something herniating through it. A better study is an ultrasound, which is done both standing and recumbent, and with maneuvers to increase intra-abdominal pressure. Additionally, evaluation by a surgeon would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Would a CT scan detect a brain annurysum and can they see the arteries by the cr scan?

Tests for aneurysm: A standard head CT scan without contrast would probably not show an aneurysm unless it was large.

A CT with contrast, or better, a CT angiogram or MR angiogram are much better at determining the presence of a cerebral aneurysm. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect brain aneurysms?

Can a CT scan detect brain aneurysms?

CT angiogram: A regular ct scan might detect a large aneurysm with calcium. A test that is designed specifically to look for aneurysms is the ct angiogram. With this test contrast goes into the vessels of the brain. If there is an aneurysm that is larger than 2 mm, it should be detected with this technique. ...Read more

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Can a ct scan detect liver failure in metastic colon cancer?

Can a ct scan detect liver failure in metastic colon cancer?

No: A CAT scan is used to visually define the extent of metastatic colon cancer in the liver should metastasis be present. Liver failure is a condition measured by functional abnormalities that occur within the liver usually due to parenchymal damage such as inflammation from hepatitis . Here one measures serum enzymes and the presence of elevated alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin in serum. ...Read more

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Would a ct scan detect a laparoscopic hernia? 1out4 of my incisions are painful. There is a bump like a bee sting under the red scar. No puss.

Would a ct scan detect a laparoscopic hernia? 1out4 of my incisions are painful. There is a bump like a bee sting under the red scar. No puss.

Call your surgeon : If you have recently had a laparoscopic her is repair of some sort, and have a red incision, you should be seen in your surgeon's office today. Call them first thing this morning. Hope this helps ! ...Read more

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Price of a CT scan?

Call: Hospital or imaging center and ask them their price. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more